Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
[July 1906]

The Warren

My Dear V.

It was nice to open yr parcel and find my initials over your pieces1 - I don’t know what you owe to me - but I know all I owe you - if I ever do anything worth doing it will be greatly owing to having such a friend as you “at my command” as the folk-songs say, always ready to help and advise - and someone whose yea is always yea & nay, nay - which is a quality one really wants in a friend and so seldom gets.
I do thank you from the bottom of me - because I know that you don’t do these things unless you mean them.
I’ve just finished scoring the 2nd movement of the ocean.2


1. Holst's Two songs without words for orchestra, op.22, H.88, were dedictaed to VW.
2. i.e. of  A Sea Symphony, on which VW worked for about seven years. Partly quoted in R.V.W.: a biography, p.78.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, ff.45-46
Cobbe 39; Heirs and Rebels Letter XIII; R.V.W.: a biography, p.78; The Musician's World: letters of the great composers, edited by Hans Gal, p.423.
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